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ABERFA f Welsh
Means "from the mouth of the river" in Welsh.
ADWEN f Welsh, Cornish
Welsh name, in which the second element is gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed". It was borne by a Cornish saint, considered to be "the Cornish Saint Dwynwen
" as a patron of sweethearts. The village of Advent near Camelford is named after her.
AEDD m Welsh, Irish
From the Irish aedh
"fire". This name was borne by a king of Ireland.
AELHAEARN m Welsh
Derived from Welsh ael
meaning "(eye)brow" and haearn
"iron". This was the name of a 7th-century saint.
AELWEN f Welsh
Derived from Welsh ael
"brow" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
AFAN m Welsh, Medieval Welsh
The name of a river in South Wales, usually Anglicized as Avon
or Avan, presumably derived from Celtic *abon
- "river" (making it a cognate of Afon
). It was also borne by a 6th-century Welsh saint.
ALAW f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh alaw
"melody, tune; lily".
ALAWN m Welsh
Derived from Welsh alaw
meaning "melody, harmony" (see Alaw
). This was the name of an early bard, said to be one of the three founders of druidism.
ALWEN f Welsh
Adoption of the name of a Welsh river in Clwyd. The origin and meaning of this river's name are uncertain; current theories, however, include a derivation from Proto-Celtic *al(aun)o-
AMLODD m Welsh (Rare), Welsh Mythology
Variant of Amlawdd
, derived from the Welsh intensifying prefix an
- and llawdd
"praise". In Welsh myth he is the father of Eigyr (Igraine) and therefore the grandfather of King Arthur... [more]
AMRANWEN f Welsh (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Welsh amrant
"eyelid" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed". It is also the Welsh name for the medicinal herb known as German chamomile in English.
ANEIRA f Welsh
Feminine form of Aneirin
, also considered a combination of Welsh an
, an intensifying prefix, and eira
"snow" (see Eira
), with the intended meaning of "much snow" or "very snowy". It was first used in the late 19th century.
ARFON m Welsh
From an ancient name for the region of North West Gwynedd, derived from Welsh ar
"opposite" and Môn
"Anglesey". This has been used as a given name since the late 19th century.
ARIANELL f Welsh
Derived from Welsh arian
"silver" and Middle Welsh gell
"yellow" (which apparently also carried the connotations of "shining", ultimately going back to Proto-Celtic *gelwo-
"yellow; white", compare Old Irish gel(o)
white; fair; shining").... [more]
ARIANWEN f Medieval Welsh, Welsh
Derived from Welsh arian
"silver" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed". According to legend, Arianwen verch Brychan was the daughter of Brychan
Brycheiniog and later went on to become a saint herself.
ARTHEN m Welsh
From Celtic arto
meaning "bear" and geno
ARTHWYS m Welsh
Derived from the Old Welsh arth
meaning “bear” and *uis
ARWEN f Welsh
Feminine form of Arwyn
. Its adoption in the late 19th century may have been influenced by the ancient Welsh name Arianwen
AURON m Welsh
Form Welsh 'Au-' - "honorable", and '-on' - suffix meaning "to end" or "noble sacrifice". 'Aur' - can also mean "golden".... [more]
AWEL f Welsh
Welsh word meaning wind, breeze. Although it's a feminine noun, it's also sometimes been used as a male name, possibly because of its similarity to Arwel.... [more]
AWEN f Breton, Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh and Breton awen
"muse; (poetic) inspiration; poetic gift", ulitmately from the Indo-European root *-uel
"to blow (wind)". As a given name it has been used since the 19th century.
BLEIDDUDD m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Brythonic *blėð
meaning “wolf” and *jʉð
BROCHWEL m Welsh
From the old Welsh name Brochfael
, in which the second element is mael
"prince". This was the name of a legendary Welsh king who gave land to Saint Melangell
BRYCHAN m Welsh
Old Welsh name derived from brych
"speckled, freckled" combined with a diminutive suffix. Brychan Brycheiniog is a Welsh folk hero who gave his name to Brecon in mid-Wales. He was reputedly an Irishman by birth and is said to have fathered 36 saints... [more]
BUDDUG f Welsh
Derived from Welsh budd
"profit, advantage". It is a cognate of Boudicca
, the name of a 1st-century queen of the Iceni (a Celtic people) who is known as Buddug in Welsh, and is sometimes considered a Welsh equivalent of Victoria
CAIN f Welsh
Means "beautiful, fair" in Welsh. This was the name of a 5th-century saint.
CAIO m Welsh
Diminutive of Cai
. The name coincides with Caio
, the name of a village in the county of Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales.
CALAN m Welsh
Welsh, meaning "start of the month or year, a beginning." In Wales, Calan Gauaf
or Calan Gaeaf
is the name given to Halloween/Samhain, literally meaning "the eve of the coming of winter."
CARIAD f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh cariad
"love, affection; darling, sweetheart". This name is borne by British comedian Cariad Lloyd.
CREIRWY f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "token of the egg", and in effect "mundane egg", from Welsh creir
"a token, jewel, sacred object" and wy
"egg". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she was a daughter of Ceridwen
CYBI m Welsh
Possibly derived from Celtic *kob(o)
- "victory". This was the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint who founded Caergybi (the Welsh name for Holyhead).
CYNDDELW m Welsh
Welsh name of uncertain origin, perhaps from an Old Celtic element meaning "high, exalted" combined with Welsh or Old Celtic delw
CYNOG m Welsh
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include a derivation from Welsh cyn
"chief" and the diminutive suffix -og
. Saint Cynog was allegedly a son of Brychan
CYNWAL m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Celtic *kū
meaning “dog” and *walos
meaning “prince, chief”.
CYWAIR m Welsh
Derived from cywair
meaning “proper order, fit state or condition”.
DARREN m Welsh
From the Welsh tarren
meaning "burnt land."
DEILWEN f Welsh
Means "white leaves" from Welsh dail
"leaves" (singulative deilen
) combined with gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
DERFEL m Welsh
Derived from Welsh derw
"oak" and mael
DERI m & f Welsh
From Welsh derw
DERWEN m Welsh
From Welsh derw
meaning "oak" and wyn
meaning "fair, white, blessed."
DRUDWEN f Welsh (Modern)
Means "starling" in Welsh, presumably derived from the element drud
"precious, dear, expensive" combined with gwen
"fair, white, blessed". It was coined in the "latter 20th century".
DWYNWEN f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Possibly from the name of the Celtic god of love, Dwyn
combined with the Welsh element gwyn
"blessed, white, fair"; or derived from Welsh dwyn
"to lead (a life)", in which case it means "to a lead a blessed life"... [more]
DYFAN m Welsh
The name of an obscure 2nd-century Welsh saint.
DYFNIEN m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Celtic *dubnos
meaning “world” and *genos
meaning “born; family”.
DYFRIG m Welsh
Welsh form of Dubricius
, derived from Celtic *dubro
"dark, unclean" (source of Welsh dŵr
"water") and *r
- "king". This was the name of a 5th-century Welsh saint... [more]
EDREN m Welsh
Variant of the name Edrin
, a Gaelic
name coming from the root Aed
, so it is related to the Irish
. There is a Welsh
saint called Edren, and the name was not uncommon in Wales and Scotland.
EDRYD m Welsh
Means "descent" or "restoration" in Welsh.
EIGRA f Welsh (Rare)
Probably a variant of Eigr
. This is borne by the Welsh writer Eigra Lewis Roberts (1939-).
EILIR f & m Welsh
Derived from Welsh eilir
"butterfly; regneration; spring".
EILUDD m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Celtic *ėl
meaning “second, other; all” and *jʉð
EIRIANNA f Welsh
Elaborated form of the Welsh name "Eirian." Means "bright, beautiful."
EIRIANWEN f Welsh
From Welsh eirian
"shining, bright" and gwen
"holy, white, pure".
ELENYDD f Welsh
Means "area adjoining the Elan
". It is the name of an upland area in west-central Wales.
ELGAN m Welsh
From the Welsh intensifying prefix el
- combined with Welsh can
ELIDUR m Welsh (Archaic)
Old Welsh name, the second element likely deriving from Welsh dur
"steel" but the first element being of uncertain meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Elidur was the name of a king of Britain... [more]
ELIDYR m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of Elidir
). This form appears in the legend of 'Culhwch and Olwen' belonging to one of Arthur's knights: Elidyr Gyvarwydd.
ENLLI f Welsh
Welsh feminine name taken from Ynys Enlli
in English) which is a small island off the Llŷn Peninsula
in North West Wales. Enlli
itself means "in the currents"... [more]
ERYL f & m Welsh
From Welsh eryl
meaning "watcher" or "lookout" (originally "hunt"), derived from ar
, an intensifying prefix, and hyl
"a hunt". In regular use since the 1920s, though infrequently... [more]
EURDDOLEN f Welsh
Means "golden ring", derived from the Welsh elements aur
"gold" and dolen
"ring". It is sometimes interpreted as the Welsh form of Goldilocks
("golden ringlets, curls").
EURGAIN f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Derived from Welsh aur
"gold" (penult form eur
) and cain
"fair; fine; elegant". In Welsh mythology, Eurgain is noted as the first female saint and daughter of Caratacus
) in the History of Dunraven Manuscript
, a manuscript giving the genealogy of Taliesin
EVANNA f Welsh, Irish, Scottish, English
Feminine form of EVAN
. Alternatively, it could be derived from an Irish word meaning "young warrior" or a Scottish word meaning "right handed; strong."
FRWDWR m Welsh
Derived from the Middle Welsh ffrwd
meaning "stream" and dwfr, dwr
GAER m Welsh
Derived from Welsh word caer
meaning "castle, fortress".
GARANWYN m Welsh
Derived from garan
meaning "heron" and gwynn
GLAIN f Welsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh glain
"jewel". This name has been used since the 1920s.
GLESNI f Welsh
Means "greenness, verdure; youthfulness" in Welsh.
GLYNWEN f Welsh
From the Welsh elements glyn meaning "valley" and gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed".
GRISIAL m & f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh grisial
"crystal". This name has been in use since the late 19th century.
GRUG f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh grug
GWANWYN f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh gwanwyn
GWENALLT m Welsh
The bardic name of the 20th-century Welsh scholar, critic and poet David James Jones (1899-1968), in whose case it meant "fair wood" from Welsh gwen
"white, fair, blessed" and allt
"wood, small forest"... [more]
GWENEIRA f Welsh
Variant of Gwyneira
; from the Welsh elements gwen
"white, blessed" combined with eira
GWENER f Welsh
This name is the Welsh form of VENUS
, referring to the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty.... [more]
GWENNAN f Welsh, Breton
Younger form of Gwennant
, itself derived from the Welsh elements gwen
"white, fair, blessed" and nant
"stream". This name was borne by a daughter of Brychan
GWENNO f Welsh
Diminutive of Gwenllian
and other names beginning with Gwen
, used independently since the 19th century. It coincides with the medieval Welsh name for the planet Venus (literally "little white one" or "little bright one")... [more]
GWENOG f Welsh
Old Welsh diminutive of Gwen
. This was the name of an obscure early Welsh saint. It was mentioned in J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series of books as the name of a witch, Gwenog Jones.
GWENONWY f Welsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh gwenonwy
"lily of the valley". In local folklore this was the name of King Arthur's sister; Maen Gwenonwy, a large rock off Porth Cadlan in Gwynedd, Wales, is named for her.... [more]
GWENYDD f Welsh
Means "joy" in Welsh. It has been used in Wales since the mid-19th century.... [more]
GWILI m Welsh
After the name of a river in Carmarthenshire.
GWION m Welsh Mythology, Welsh
Possibly related to the Welsh element gwyn
meaning "fair, blessed". This was the original name of Taliesin
, a legendary bard, before he was cast into the "cauldron of knowledge", after which he became Taliesin, bard and seer.
GWRWST m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Celtic *wiros
meaning “man” and *gustus
meaning “excellence, force”.
GWYLAN f Welsh (Rare)
Directly taken from Welsh gwylan
"seagull". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
GWYNNO m Welsh
Name of a Celtic Christian saint, apparently from Gwynn
- (first part of compound names beginning with Welsh gwyn
"white, fair, holy", e.g. Gwynoro
) + diminutive suffix -o
GWYNORO m Welsh
Derived from the Welsh element gwyn
"white, fair, blessed" combined with gawr
"shout" or gorŵydd
"steed" or gwared
"deliverance, relief". This was the name of an early Welsh saint... [more]
HAFREN f Welsh
Modern Welsh form of Habren
, the original Old Welsh name of the River Severn
, which is of unknown meaning (see Sabrina
HAFWEN f Welsh
Combination of Welsh haf
"summer" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
HAULWYN m Welsh (Rare)
Derived from Welsh elements haul
meaning "sun" and gwyn
meaning "white, fair, blessed."
HYWYN m Welsh (Rare)
Diminutive of Hywel
. A notable bearer of this name was Saint Hywyn (d. 516) who founded Aberdaron in Gwynedd, Wales and was a patron of churches in Western England.
IDNERTH m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Celtic *yowdos
meaning “judge" and *nerθ
meaning “strength, force".
IFANWY f Welsh
Feminine form of Ifan
, using the suffix wy
meaning "river". This is a modern Welsh name.
IFOR m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Archaic variant of Ivor
, or perhaps a variant of Ifan
. It was borne by the Welsh historical figure Ifor Bach ("Little Ifor") who may have been based on a folk character known as Little John, which supports the latter etymology... [more]
IORWEN f Welsh (Rare)
Likely a feminine form of Iorwerth
, formed from the Welsh elements iôr
"lord, ruler" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed".
IRFON m Welsh
Comes from the name of a river near Builth Wells.
KINNA f Welsh
Variant of Kendra
. Kinna is of Welsh origin, and it’s meaning is ‘greatest champion’.
LAUDATUS m Late Roman, Welsh (Latinized)
Derived from Latin laudatus
meaning "praised, lauded, commended, esteemed", which is ultimately derived from Latin laudo
meaning "to praise, to laud, to commend".... [more]
LILWEN f Welsh
Combination of the Welsh elements lili
"lily" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed".
LLIO f Welsh
Originally a diminutive of Gwenllian
, now sometimes used independently. The 15th-century Welsh poet Dafydd Nanmor sang poems to a girl called Llio. It was revived in the early 20th century.
LLION m Welsh
Derived from the name of Caerleon
, a legendary Welsh giant and king, whose name is derived from Welsh caer
"(Roman) fortress" (ultimately from Latin castrum
) and legionum
"of the Legions"... [more]
LLYWARCH m Medieval Welsh, Welsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the hypothetic old Celtic name *Lugumarcos
meaning "horse of Lugus", derived from the name of the Celtic god Lugus
combined with Welsh march
"horse", but perhaps the first element is Welsh llyw
LYNFA f Welsh
Probably an elaborated form of the popular name syllable Lyn
, using the suffix fa
(perhaps from names such as Gwynfa
, in which it may be derived from Welsh fa
LYNWEN f Welsh
Combination of the popular name element Lyn
, from the name Lynette
, and the Welsh name element gwen
"white; fair; blessed". This name has occasionally been used in Wales from the early 20th century onwards.
MAELGWN m Welsh
Means "hound prince" from Welsh mael
"prince" and cwn
"hounds, wolves" (plural of ci
). This was the name of a 6th-century king of Gwynedd
(an ancient kingdom of Wales) mentioned in several Welsh legends.
MAELGWYN m Welsh
Maelgwyn means Prince of Hounds. It was also the name of a 6th century king of Gwynedd, Maelgwyn Gwynedd.
MAI f Welsh (Rare)
Welsh form of May
as well as a direct adoption of Welsh mai
"(month of) May".
MEDDYF f Welsh
Etymology uncertain, perhaps from medd
meaning "mead” and yf
meaning “drinks" or from medd
meaning “power, authority”.
MEDENI f Welsh (Rare)
Derived from Welsh Medi
"September" (originally "to reap, mow, crop") and geni
"to be born".
MELANGELL f Welsh
Allegedly means "sweet angel", from Welsh mel
"honey" and angel
. According to folklore, the early Welsh saint Melangell is known as the patron saint of small creatures because she sheltered a hare from the hounds of Prince Brochwel
Ysgythrog during his hunting expedition.
MELERI f Welsh
Combination of the intensifying prefix my-
. Saint Meleri was a daughter of Brychan
Brycheiniog who married Ceredig
ap Cunedda and became the grandmother of Saint David
MENAI f Welsh (Rare)
Locational name from the Menai Strait (Afon Menai), a river-like section of sea which separates the island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) from the Welsh mainland. 'Menai' is probably connected to the name of the island, but the meanings of both are unknown... [more]
MENNA f Welsh, Frisian, East Frisian
Variant of Mena
in countries where that name is used (i.e., Germany, Netherlands, Mena
being a German/Dutch diminutive of various names beginning with Mein
, such as Meinhild
, where the meaning is "strength"), but Menna is also used regularly in Wales in modern times... [more]
MINIVER f Cornish, Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Anglicized form of Menfre
, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Menfre, born c.471, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog. 'St. Menfre appears to have been active in Wales, around Minwear, near Haverfordwest, in Dyfed but, later, left her native land in order to evangelise the Cornish.' The early use of the name was in Cornwall where it appears to be a regional form of Guinevere
MORFUDD f Welsh, Medieval Welsh
From Welsh mawr
"great" and budd
"wealth". In Welsh legend Morfudd was the twin sister of Sir Owain
and the daughter of King Urien by Modron
. It was also borne by a love interest of the 14th-century poet Dafydd ap Gwilym... [more]
MORLAIS m Welsh
From the name of a river in Wales, derived from Welsh môr
"sea" and llais
"voice". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.